China plans to replace streetlights with ‘artificial moon’ by 2020

China plans to replace streetlights with ‘artificial moon’ by 2020

However, an expert told the People's Daily that the artificial moon's light shouldn't be so bright that it would impact them.

The streets of Chengdu in western China could soon be lit up by an artificial satellite moon in the night-time, rather than the more conventional streetlights, if an ambitious plan by a private aerospace company gets the go-ahead.

The company says it will be launching an "illumination satellite" in less than two years, this created to light up the night sky with artificial light 8 times greater than the actual Moon.

A Chinese city is exhausted of relying on electricity and the regular old moon to provide lights around town at night.

It's unclear whether Beijing approves of Chengdu's plans to put an extra moon into orbit, but Casc is a leading contractor for China's space program, according to The Guardian.

The man-made moon will have a coating that can reflect light from the sun with solar panel-like wings.

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According to Independent UK, Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu aerospace science and technology microelectronics system research institute, disclosed this at a national mass innovation and entrepreneurship activity held in the city.

Citing the imagined French necklace of mirrors as the impetus for the project, Chunfeng explained that the technology behind the satellite has been in the testing phase for years but is finally near completion.

There are concerns that the light will affect animal behaviour. Still, the underlying concept embraced by the experiment - which The New York Times described at the time as a test of "the feasibility of illuminating points on Earth with light equivalent to that of several full moons" - remains an enticing prospect.

This isn't the first time that a country has tried to outshine the moon.

Rather than using up energy here on Earth, the satellite would reflect the Sun's rays from the other side of the planet back on to Chengdu.

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